US army medical personnel end Ghana visit

During the three-week-long training, US army medical personnel partnered with Ghanaian medical professionals in surgery centres and at clinics

A 30-member team from the US army has completed an exchange programme with their colleagues at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

Dubbed: “The United States Medical Readiness Exercise (MEDREX) 22,” the programme is aimed at nurturing the relationship between the American army and their Ghanaian counterparts, especially the medical corps.

During the near three-week stay in the facility, the medical team performed general surgery and attended to general cases on 650 patients with different health conditions at the various departments such as the medical emergency unit, trauma surgical and emergency unit, intensive care unit, anesthesia, maternity theater, main theater and other departments of the hospital.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of MEDREX 2022 at the 37 Military Hospital last Thursday (23 June 2022), a surgeon at the Burn Centre of the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Colonel Jennifer Gurney said: “We shared in the care of over 650 patients; we participated in over 60 surgical cases. Clinically it’s been an incredibly fruitful learning experience.”

“When we consider the objectives of this exercise to build trust, to improve corporation, increase capabilities and deepen relationships as well as improve medical readiness, these objectives were unquestionably met,” she added.

Stronger partners

The director general of the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Unit, Brigadier General Raymond Ewusi, expressed his utmost gratitude to the US military medical professionals for their donation of medical consumables worth US$15,000 to the 37 Military Hospital under MEDREX 2022.

He highlighted the strengthened partnership between Ghanaians and the US medical team.

“The Ghana Armed Forces, through the 37 Military Hospital, hosted the Medical Readiness Training Exercise, better known as MEDREX, which is a combined United States and HCA-approved training exercise, designed to provide humanitarian assistance and free medical care to the people of the host nation, Ghana, while helping to increase the skills of US military medical forces and those of the military medical profession of Ghana,” Ewusi said.

Clankson Acheampong

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